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21 September 2006 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Close look at costs reveals free range loss

Former NFU president Sir Simon Gourlay is a man who treats his farm as a business and expects it to pay. That was one of the reasons that he got in...


23 May 2006 | Caged,Feed,News,Veterinary
Poor production… spirochaetosis?

Many producers will need no reminding that flocks don’t always achieve their full laying potential. But a closer look might reveal an under-running...


22 January 2006 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Levy for disease control looms

Egg producers will face paying a levy to help meet the cost of poultry disease control under a new scheme being proposed by Defra. Free range and o...


20 December 2005 | Feed,News,Organic
Organic egg shortage looming

An organic egg shortage could be looming because of major confusion over new pullet rearing rules, according to a leading organic body. From Januar...


25 July 2005 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Coping with hot weather

While sun worshippers may welcome the arrival of summer sunshine and high temperatures, these weather conditions can cause problems for free range flo...


25 July 2005 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Confusion over new roughage rule

Organic egg producers face having to supply their birds with constant roughage under a new EU proposal. The suggestion is that fresh or dried veget...


17 July 2005 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Newcastle Disease confirmed in the UK

The threat to the UK egg industry is “minimal” says Defra following the discovery of Newcastle Disease in a batch of pheasants being reared for shooti...


21 June 2005 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Why egg mass output is important

By consultant Heddwyn Owen Are you harvesting one tonne of eggs from two tonnes of feed? There are a number of ways of measuring and recording o...


Another 500 planning battles to go

As many as 500 new free range buildings may need to be built in this country in the next few years if the sector maintains its expected rate of growth...


Will organic rearing go all the way?

New ‘half-organic’ rules from the EU could trigger a move to fully organic rearing years ahead of industry expectations. The possibility has emerge...


Catching teams prefer free range to cage

One of the preliminary findings to come out of a study into the welfare of hens at depopulation is that catchers have a strong preference for working ...


22 February 2005 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Worming fixes yolk colour problem

A major UK egg producer and supermarket supplier has implemented a regular worming programme in its free range flocks in an effort to maintain yolk co...


22 February 2005 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Environmental Stewardship Schemes

By Charlotte Lamble, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group Significant changes to the ways farmers and land managers receive payment for food production ...


22 February 2005 | Caged,Free Range & Pasture,News
Free range eggs, better all round

Picture: Spot the difference? Free range on the right Free range eggs are not only better they’re rounder as well. This extraordinary finding comes...


23 January 2005 | Barn,News,Veterinary
ADAS plans extra red mite workshops

Two additional dates have been added to the programme of red mite workshops being run by ADAS. The Defra funded events—entitled ‘Effective control ...


23 January 2005 | Feed,News,Organic
Uproar over ‘half organic’ pullet rule

A new rule for ‘half organic’ pullets will bring upheaval and massive extra costs to the sector by the end of the year. The regulation means that a...


Ranging hens lay better eggs

Hens that range lay eggs with improved nutritional qualities, according to new research in America. The findings reflect long-standing results in t...


23 September 2004 | Feed,News,Organic
The bleak future for organic eggs

Organic egg production faces a potentially bleak future says a new report. Despite the fact that sales have now topped £35 million and organic repr...


22 August 2004 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Money for nothing… not quite

For free range egg producers—unaccustomed as they are to government handouts—the prospect of money coming their way under the Single Farm Payment sche...


Just what DO hens get out of pasture?

Given that pasture plays such a major part in the free range industry its real benefits still remain hidden in the grass. Just how much nutritional...


20 August 2004 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Disease outbreak will cost YOU £50,000

An outbreak of Avian Influenza will cost the average free range producer £50,000. And it could be much more. That is the alarming result of a BFREP...


27 July 2004 | Barn,Feed,News,Veterinary
Weapons of mite destruction—where are they?

Red mite infestation is now one of the main problems of commercial layer production affecting cage, barn and free range flocks. The problem is wit...


20 June 2004 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
A word from the vet

IB...the constantly moving target! Infectious bronchitis (IB) was first properly identified in 1931 in the USA being described as a “new respiratory ...


19 June 2004 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Hidden danger in poultry muck

Following a marked increase in cases of suspected cattle botulism, Defra is warning farmers of the dangers posed by spreading poultry litter on pastur...


Packers look for more free range

Picture: Nick Rogers, Stonegate To keep up with the recent surge in growth of free range egg sales—described by one packer as “phenomenal”—the sear...


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